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Graf Zeppelin B
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Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points52,600 
Secondary Armament #1
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/31 mount6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.25 km.
Rate of Fire17.91 shots/min.
Reload Time3.35 sec.
HE Shell105 mm Spr.Gr. Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Secondary Armament #2
150 mm/55 SK C/28 on a Dop. MPL C/36 mount8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.25 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
HE Shell150 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.5 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Initial HE Shell Velocity875 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/31 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second99.6 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
37 mm/69 Flak M42 on an LM/42 mount11 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second113.3 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm/65 C/38 on a Flak 35 Vierling L/38 mount7 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second44.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32 knot
Turning Circle Radius1 140 m.
Rudder Shift Time13.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range15.71 km.
Air Detectability Range11.06 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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Special

Graf Zeppelin B — German special premium Tier VIII aircraft сarrier.

A high-speed aircraft carrier armed with numerous secondary and dual-purpose guns. She had the most powerful propulsion among all German Navy ships. The carrier was never completed because Germany's shipbuilding program priorities changed during the course of World War II.

Graf Zeppelin B first went on sale on 29 November 2019 via Black Friday containers.

Modules

Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Graf Zeppelin B.52,60091008/66/11/7 00
Attack Aircraft Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Me 155A136001,320 00
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Ta 152C-1/R145,3331811,710 00
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Ta 152C-1/R145,8001811,650 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 200,000 hp32 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1 
Air Groups Modification 1
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1
Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2 
Damage Control System Modification 1
Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3 
Secondary Battery Modification 1
Torpedo Bombers Modification 1
Attack Aircraft Modification 1
Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Attack Aircraft Modification 2
Torpedo Bombers Modification 2
Bombers Modification 2
Airstrike Modification 1
 Slot 5 
Flight Control Modification 1
Concealment System Modification 1
Squadron Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
For a graphic summary of ships Tiers VIII thru XI see LittleWhiteMouse's "Actual AA DPS".


Graf Zeppelin B is in all respects save her paint scheme identical to Graf Zeppelin.

Graf Zeppelin B is the only German aircraft carrier available in World of Warships at this point in time. As such she differs greatly from all the other carriers present and gives her own unique flavor in-game. She currently sits at Tier VIII.

Graf Zeppelin B's hull is worth a special mention. For one she boasts a threatening amount of secondary armament, which makes her a risky target for destroyers that can not avoid getting spotted. This also opens up the opportunity to use her late-game as a platform which engages through her secondaries and planes, but such maneuvers need to be carefully calculated or else the destruction of the ship will be imminent. Secondly, she features a reinforced hull plating which makes her immune to non-IFHE guns with a caliber of up to 128mm. Destroyer captains engaging her with artillery should be aware of that and switch to AP-shells in these cases.

The most potent planes of Graf Zeppelin B are her torpedo bombers. Being able to fly at speeds of up to 227 knots they are capable of traveling far distances with ease, and can do quick “boom and zoom” attacks even against vessels with stronger AA defenses. Their torpedoes however are not hitting particularly hard, and the planes are rather fragile, so it should be kept in mind that several runs will be required to deal notable damage and that ships with high continuous dps are a big threat. Every attack run can drop up to three torpedoes, which will be dropped in a wedge shape. As every squadron consists of nine planes, Graf Zeppelin B can make three attack runs with three planes each. However, the flooding chance for these torpedoes is quite low, making DoT stacks difficult with this German carrier.

Being the only viable plane type on Graf Zeppelin B against destroyers, her attack aircraft will satisfy the player with good hitting power and rocket penetration (40mm), but unlike the torpedo bombers they do not possess a superior speed and are in fact on the slower side of T8 aircraft. Every attack run will release up to eight rockets, so timing the drop for a narrow reticle is highly recommended. With eight planes in total per squadron that results in four attack runs.

The remaining plane type are the dive bombers, which while they offer a faster diving approach, are lacking in terms of striking power and penetration. However, using the same plane as the torpedo bombers they are fast enough to travel across the map quickly. Each attack run will consist of two dive bombers with one bomb each, and the entire squadron will consist of eight planes in total. Unfortunately, some ships are completely immune to these weapons, and while the circular reticle means you can approach from any angle, it also means that even the best aimed drops can result in no hits.

In terms of playstyle her captain should capitalize on the torpedo bombers whenever possible, launching fast attack waves against capital ships which do not possess the means of dodging her fish. Her rocket planes should be used against agile targets such as destroyers and maneuverable cruisers. When having the opportunity, spotting destroyers with the fighter plane consumable is an option that should be considered, however they lack the speed to be effective against enemy aircraft unless the opponent actively closes the distance to them.

Pros:

  • Access to the fastest planes at Tier VIII, which will form her torpedo and dive bombers.
  • Comes with one of the best secondaries in the game. Incredibly accurate even without Manual secondaries perk, with maximum possible range of 9.4 km.
  • Her rocket planes hit hard and penetrate even battleship plating.
  • Citadel is hidden below the waterline, which prevents her from taking massive amounts of damage.
  • Can't be damaged by IFHE-Less 127mm and 128mm guns due to 21mm plating, which makes her immune to most of destroyers in game.

Cons:

  • As a Tier VIII aircraft carrier, captains may face off against large amounts of high tier AA.
  • Unable to train captains for any other carriers, and requires a specialized German captain to perform well.
  • Poor surface detectability.
  • Awful and situational AP bombers with bad alpha strike, penetration, accuracy and only two bombs per strike.
  • Her AA is lacking, making it difficult to repel air attacks.
  • Worst aerial torpedos at tier VIII, with lowest alpha damage and flooding chance.

Research

As a Premium ship, Graf Zeppelin B doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Graf Zeppelin B are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 3 also offers the usage of Attack Aircraft Modification 1 : +2 seconds attack time., which could be viable if the player deems the aiming time for the attack aircraft to be too short.

Commander Skills

The prime focus of skills should lie on improving the performance of Graf Zeppelin B's torpedo bombers and aircraft in general. Additional skills distributed to her secondary performance are however an option, but should not shift the priority away from Graf Zeppelin B's strengths.

Consumables

Like other aircraft carriers, Graf Zeppelin B can not control the consumables of the ship.

Graf Zeppelin B can equip the following consumables:

Graf Zeppelin B's aircraft can equip the following consumables: Attack Aircraft:

Torpedo Bombers:

Dive Bombers:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Graf Zeppelin B comes with Default permanent camouflage and a set of permanent combat bonuses.

Signals

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. Graf Zeppelin-class aircraft carrier - Wikipedia
  2. Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships: 1922-1946. London UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  3. Breyer, S. (1989). Graf Zeppelin: The German Aircraft Carrier. West Chester. PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
  4. SANTI Expedition to Graf Zeppelin

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.8.10.
  • Available for purchase in the Premium Store during the Black Friday promotion from November 29 to December 6, 2019. Could also drop from Black Friday containers.
  • Update 0.8.6:
    • The armor penetration of the secondary high-explosive shells was increased from 18 to 26 mm.
  • Update 0.9.2:
    • Fixed camera movement when viewing secondary battery guns.
    • The minimum time between attacks by bomber squadrons was increased from 5 to 8.5 s.
  • Update 0.9.4:
    • Fixed a bug due to which the aft and bow bulkheads of the citadel had a thickness of 20 mm. Now the thickness of some of the bulkheads is 60 mm.
  • Update 0.9.6:
    • Armor-piercing bomb damage was reduced from 7,000 to 5,800.
    • Aiming speed of bombers increased by 15%.
  • Update 0.9.7:
    • The rocket attack was rotated 90 degrees, and now extends horizontally.
    • Fixed a bug due to which the cost of maintenance was 60,000 credits instead of 52,500.
  • Update 0.10.0:
    • The speed of the patrol fighters was increased to 235 knots.
  • Update 0.10.5:
    • Rocket aircraft now gain significant altitude at the start of an attack.
  • Update 0.10.8:
    • Increased the chance of two bombs hitting the inner ellipse at once.
  • Update 0.11.0:
    • Added the animation of aircraft launching via a catapult.

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